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Metcalf Funeral Directors

1801 East White Oak Terrace, Conroe, TX

OBITUARY

Joanne Christine Atkinson

July 20, 1975February 7, 2020

Joanne Christine Moody Atkinson surrendered to her 6-year battle with brain cancer on February 7, 2020 at the age of 44. She left this life in her home with her husband of 20 years, David and her faithful companion and service dog, China, with her. They were her greatest comfort and care givers for the last 6 years of her life. Her battle was long and hard-fought, surviving long past her original prognosis of eighteen to twenty-four months. Her will to live and her ability to overcome obstacles and setbacks were, quite simply, amazing.

Christine (Joanne) was an avid nature and animal lover, having worked for several years in Veterinary Clinics in Conroe and Galveston. She and David loved the outdoors and spending time together walking and hiking and exploring all that nature had to offer. Her passions included running, art, fashion and music. Even throughout her illness, Christine was a gentle and caring person to all she came in contact with. Her family was her greatest joy and she loved spending time with them whenever possible.

She leaves behind the love of her life, her husband, David Atkinson of Conroe, TX, a stepdaughter, Madison Atkinson of Shreveport, LA, and her parents, Doyle Edward and Sally Moody of Shreveport, LA. She also leaves her father-in-law, Ron Atkinson (with whom she shared an extraordinary kinship) and stepmother-in-law, Renee Atkinson of Montgomery, TX. She is survived by two brothers, Joe (Tonia) Moody of Shreveport, LA and Chris (Cheryl) Moody of Greenville, MI and her sister, Sherrie Moody of Grand Rapids, MI. Other family members include her mother-in-law, Cindy O’Pry of Shreveport, LA, several brothers and sisters-in-law - Lyne (Ralph) Atkinson Santhin of Spring, TX, Michael (Melissa) Atkinson of Edina, MN, Chris Atkinson and Omar Vilchez-Vaca of Austin, TX and Kristin (Josh) Adams of Denver, CO along with many nieces, nephews and 2 great-nephews.

Her death leaves us each with a heartache that will be hard to heal but her love has left us with memories that will always be with us.

Services

  • Celebration of Life Saturday, February 15, 2020

Memories

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Louis Kirkconnell

February 13, 2020

I was so sorry to hear this news. Christine was a beautiful person, inside and out. That much was obvious. She brought her own sunshine everywhere she went. She made you look forward to seeing her, and she made it hurt to watch her leave. I feel sorry for all the people who didn’t get the chance to know her. They missed out on a lot. David was very blessed to have her for as long as he did.
In life, she touched many of us. In death, she is changing us. She is changing my perspective and inspiring me with her strength. She was truly inspirational in her fight.
Every time I would see here in moments they shared, she was always so genuine and overflowing with happiness and proud to be in each other's presence. I hope it gives David comfort knowing how much she really loved him, and that he was her greatest source of happiness. In spite of the difficulty they both endured, I am so glad they found each other. No two people could have been stronger or fought harder for each other. It truly was meant to be... and even though it was difficult, fleeting, and maddening at times...they would do it all again. She was truly a blessing from God as he was for her. That shouldn't be forgotten. Their lives were enriched for having found each other. Most people never find what they had. Her strength was truly inspiring and David's ability to walk beside her through it all is awe inspiring. I can only hope I can be that courageous and steadfast if I should ever be in their shoes. Thank you to both David & Christine for setting the example for all of us to follow. They have set the bar very high for the rest of us . I love you both! Thank you for sharing your lives with us. Thank you for inspiring us with your strength, but... most of all... thank you for showing us what real love looks like.
My deepest condolences, David... my heart goes out to you. Let me know if you need anything. I’ll be here if you need me.
RIP Christine Atkinson, you were a beautiful angel here on earth!

Kathy Huffman

February 11, 2020

Christine was a generous loving young woman. She showed kindness and love for all humans and creatures. Her faith guided through her life. The love that she and David shared was a beautiful example of what love should be. Christine's smile could illuminate the darkest night. She showed and taught us the meaning of bravery, courage and really living life. I mourn for the the loss of an incredible, as I give thanks for knowing such a truly remarkable spiritual human .Yo
The Angels rejoice with the presence of a new and very special heavenly soul.

Robert Powell

February 11, 2020

Man I am at a loss for words. These two were the epitome of what a marriage should be in the devotion to each other.
In a throw away society riddled with sin and divorce we have this example of pure love and devotion. She was a lucky woman to have you David as you are to have had her. Always looked up to you guys!
Shalom!

Shannon Elmore

February 11, 2020

I met Joanne at a restaurant that I worked at.. We immediately connected with each other. She eventually moved in with me at my mom and step dads. My mom opened up Naked Bean coffee shop in 1998 and joanne and I were excited to be a part of this local family owned business. She was a bright soul and smiled often. I'm gonna miss her big time.

Ashley Witt

February 11, 2020

I met Christine while working at the Galveston Veterinary Clinic. We would spend our lunch breaks in the break room just chatting almost everyday. I remember how impressed I was by her healthy way of eating and taking care of herself. She was a loyal and wonderful person. She truly loved David so much. There was never a day that she didn’t talk about him. She was truly a blessing in my life and I will most definitely never forget her beautiful soul. I know without a doubt she’s in a good place. Love you Christine. May you Rest In Peace.

Susan Smith Thomas

February 11, 2020

I met Joanne when she was 4. She was always positive and smiling. Such a beautiful soul. I’m devastated at the news. Prayers for peace, comfort and strength during this difficult time.